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10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: September 30, 2021 06:31PM

I am thinking of wrapping up a 7-wt fly rod for streamers to use for trout in larger rivers (streamers or other big bugs), and maybe some steelhead or light salt. What are the key benefits of a 10-ft. over a 9-ft. rod?

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: September 30, 2021 07:22PM

Depends on your lines and terminal gear you use, 10 ft rods are more stress on the shoulder over many days of fishing and heavier sinktips that some including me while steelhead fishing only makes it worse. The upside is mending is easier. In my golden years I can say I've preferred my 9 ft rods overall.

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 30, 2021 07:58PM

The longer the rod the better the leverage is for the fish, not the fisherman!.

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: Bill Hickey (---.nycap.res.rr.com)
Date: September 30, 2021 08:02PM

While not in my golden years, I’ll second Spencer’s opinion.

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: John Sansevera (---.hsd1.ny.comcast.net)
Date: September 30, 2021 10:38PM

I personally prefer 10 ft , made up a couple 2pc 10ft fly rods for steelhead about 4 yrs ago, my 9 footers will probably never see sunlight again.

Fishing is not a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: Nick McCasey (---.nhvn.fibertech.com)
Date: October 01, 2021 06:39AM

I had this same dilemma a few months back. I was building a 7wt. for the same purposes as you (streamers and occasional steelhead fishing). I ended up splitting the difference and building a 9' 6", and I'm happy I didn't go 10'. Even at 9.5' it's taxing on the shoulder to throw streamers all day (I'm throwing them on a sink tip). Ultimately I'd build for your main use case, 9 ft. if it's mainly going to be a streamer rod, or 10 ft. if mostly for steelheading. Or you can split the difference like I did.

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: david taylor (---)
Date: October 01, 2021 07:34PM

Which blank did you use for the 7-wt?

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Re: 10" or 9" fly rod?
Posted by: Nick McCasey (---.nhvn.fibertech.com)
Date: October 04, 2021 06:47AM

I used a CTS Affinity MX that I ordered through Herb Ladenheim who you can find on this message board. It's a "moderate-fast" blank (where I know most people recommend fast or x-fast for streamers) , but I've had zero problem throwing a double streamer rig on a sink tip with it.

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